Some Like It Sinful by Robbie Terman
Title & Author: Some Like It Sinful by Robbie Terman
Release Date: July 15, 2018 (Second-Look edition)
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Series Details: Companion novel (Book 2 of trilogy)
Page Count: 290 pages
Description: “A struggling business and one act of vandalism may have brought them together, but bakery owner Chloe Nelson and professional hockey player Griffin Lange get along like chocolate and pickles. Chloe needs the famous (and famously unattached) Griffin to attract people to her pastries, and Griffin needs the curvaceous and fiery Chloe to keep him out of trouble. A fake relationship to keep the media interested seems like the perfect plan.
But when temptation throws them into bed together, a new plan arises. Why not make the fake real? Griffin’s winning every home game, and Chloe’s business has never been better. Both know it’s only physical—and only temporary. But can they drop their defenses for love, even if it means getting a little bit sinful?”
“When life handed Chloe Nelson lemons, she made lemon sponge cake drizzled with lemon icing and garnished with lemon zest.”
Fitting opening lines for a down-on-her-luck baker, no? This sports-centered contemporary starts with a hard hit to our female narrator, Chloe. A week from opening her very own bakery, Happy Endings, Chloe steps outside one chilly Chicago morning to discover the vacant lot across the street has been rented by Goody Luv, a massively successful chain bakery. Thinking her dreams have crashed and burned before they ever took flight, Chloe turns to her sister Sylvia for guidance.
“You’re thirty-five years old and you don’t take anything seriously, not as far as I can tell. This isn’t Neverland, and you’re not Peter Pan. Grow up.”
Griffin Lange, captain on the Chicago
Blackhawks Brawlers finds himself in a heap of legal trouble after a prank goes seriously wrong. Fresh from a call with her stressed-out sister, assistant district attorney, Slyvia Nelson, offers Griffin a deal too sweet to refuse: Instead of facing a very public trial he can work off his crime via community service hours for a local bakery. And you’re clearly new to contemporaries if you didn’t guess that lucky bakery was Happy Endings!
Sports-ignorant Chloe accepts Griffin’s help after her friends – and sister – explain the crowds that would flock to the bakery for a chance to meet the “Prince of the Puck.” When word gets out that he’s working at the bakery, Griffin desperate to hide the real reason for his shifts asks Chloe to serve as his alibi AND as his fake girlfriend.
Soon the team – and their PR unit led by feisty Taryn O’Neill – is doing everything it can to promote their captain’s newfound love story as a way to encourage people back to the arena after seven long seasons of losing. And, as is often the case, the more Chloe and Griffin are pushed together the more the lines start to blur. Soon their fake relationship becomes a real one, but with a scheduled expiration date: the Brawlers winning the cup or Griffin’s hours being served.
The private moments between Chloe and Griffin were honestly my favorite parts of this book – and not just for the steam. I enjoyed watching their feelings evolve, getting their backstories, and seeing how they developed as characters. However, their scenes were often interrupted with telenovela levels of drama, frequent self-deprecating “humor” about being a size 12 (GASP!), and too many rage-inducing moments where two GROWN ADULTS refuse to communicate.
If you can suspend belief for the theatrics featured throughout this story, and forgive some seriously cheesy decisions made in the final moments of this romcom, I think you’ll agree this is an enjoyable read. While the content — and its cover (even the second-look) — wouldn’t win the Cup for me, it showed enough promise to have me on the lookout for future
seasons reads. If you’re trash for hockey contemporaries or “relationship of convenience” plot lines, consider giving Some Like it Sinful a shot.
Thank you to Createspace Independent Publishing Platform for providing a copy of this “second look” ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes were taken from an unfinished proof and may change by final publication date.